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Dr. Debra Anderson has a PhD in French literature with a specialization in Francophone literature from Louisiana State University. She has been at East Carolina University since 1995. At ECU, she has been responsible for integrating courses about Francophone literature into the French curriculum. She has published a book, Decolonizing the Text, Glissantian Readings in Caribbean and African-American Literatures (Peter Lang, 1995) and has a chapter, "Martinique: Culture and Identity," accepted for publication in The Francophone World: Cultural Issues and Perspectives (Peter Lang, Spring 1999). She has delivered numerous scholarly papers at conferences.


Dr. Michael Bassman, former Assistant Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, was appointed Director of ECU's Honors Program in the spring of 1998. He published a chapter, "Teaching the Holocaust and Making It Relevant for Non-Jewish Students," in New Perspectives on the Holocaust (New York University Press, 1996), as well as an article, "Mary Anten & Anzia Yezierska: A Study of Two Early Twentieth Century Jewish Women Immigrant Writers." He has delivered numerous papers at conferences. He was invited to participate in a seminar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem regarding Arab-Israeli Peace Relations. He was appointed by Governor Hunt to the North Carolina Council for the Holocaust, where he chairs the Education Committee; he is the founder and chair of the ECU Interdisciplinary Holocaust Team; and he has been invited by Appalachian State University to give a workshop and to set up a course about the Holocaust at ASU.


Ann Borisoff-Rodgers lived in Madrid, Spain from 1979-1994. While living in Madrid, she traveled extensively throughout Spain and earned a Master's degree in Spanish Civilization from New York University. Her overseas experience includes teaching English as a Second Language - at St. Louis University, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Diplomatic School, and the Instituto Internacional. Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching Spanish at the high school level. Currently, Mrs. Borisoff-Rodgers is a participant in the MLA project, "High School to College Articulation." In addition to teaching, Mrs. Borisoff-Rodgers is the Coordinator of Foreign Languages for Pitt County Schools.


Susana Castaño-Schultz first came to ECU to teach Spanish part-time in 1987. She then taught Spanish for three years in the Pitt County schools, returning to ECU full-time in 1992. At ECU, she has done General College advising, has served on the department's Research, Publications and Awards Committee, and has been the coordinator for Spanish 1001-1004 since 1994. She has attended a workshop of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for oral proficiency training. She has spoken to the East Carolina Foreign Language Educators' Collaborative about foreign language instruction in middle schools and about the implementation of proficiency-oriented testing in public schools.


Carol Christian got a B.A. in Spanish Education at Rutgers University and an M.Ed. in Spanish Education at the University of Georgia in Athens. She has taught in public school systems in New Jersey and in the Pitt County School System, and she has been at ECU since 1989. Her husband Bob teaches in the Department of Biology at ECU. Their son David is in graduate school in Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Their daughter, Julie, is a senior at UNCW studying Marine Biology and Spanish.


Dr. Chris Moore De Ville, Visiting Professor of French in the fall of 1997, has published a chapter, "In Search of a Feminine Voice: Reading Adolphe as Abortion," in The French Novel from Larayette to Desvignes edited by P. Brady et al (New Paradigm Press, 1995). She has published articles and delivered scholarly papers. Her research projects include Mme de Charrière's feminine "Encyclopédie," feminine space in Madame de Charrière and Balzac, and spaces of success in Balzac's César Birotteau.


Dr. Steve Dock is currently in his 13th year at ECU. He has published articles and a chapter in a Modern Language Association publication relating to authentic clothing and costumes for 17th-century productions in Molière plays and is currently working on a critical edition of Thomas Corneille's Le Festin de pierre, a verse adaptation of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière's Don Juan. He is the secretary of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies (SE17) and was the president of the SE17 in 1997-98 when ECU hosted the annual convention in New Bern. The highlight of that conference was an organ concert of music from the chapel of Louis XIV played by Colin Andrews on the Fisk organ f the First Presbyterian Church in New Bern. Having co-directed a very successful summer program in Paris when he first came to ECU, he is working on re-establishing a summer program in France in the summer of the year 2000. His hobbies outside of the university include house painting and the restoration of old homes.


Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller continues his duties as advisor to the French Club and organizer of the French film festival. He has published a book, Caractérisation et les modes de la narration dans le roman moderne. He has also published Théorie de caractérologie narratologique, in Reading Plus (Peter Lang, 1994); and numerous articles including one about preliminary assessment of the benefits accruing to instructional efforts as the result of using satellite communications. This article was based on a paper delivered at the International Symposium on Language Teaching Methodology in Beijing, China. He has published book reviews and has delivered numerous scholarly papers at conferences. His novel, Les Oiseaux de Pékin, has been accepted for publication by the Éditions Transversales of Geneva and has an article entitled "Video for Learning" (Northern Iowa University Press, 1997).


Akira Harada comes to us from Shiga, Japan. Mr. Harada earned a degree in Electronics and Information Science from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, and upon graduation, he became interested in the possibility of studying in North America. He applied to the Educational Exchange Program, which, under the leadership of Exchange: Japan, matches qualified Japanese lecturers with colleges and universities to establish or expand Japanese language courses. For the next two years, Mr. Harada will serve as head of the Japanese department.


Dr. Brian L. Harris was promoted to Associate Professor in August of 1995. He is the translator and editor of Hugo Ball's Critique of the German Intelligentsia (Columbia University Press, 1993). He published an article about Joseph Beuys, Dada and Postmodernism in 1996 and has chaired two sessions at conferences since then.


Dr. Richard L. Hattendorf is currently chair of the French Curriculum Committee, chair of the department's Personnel Committee, and a member of several university committees. In 1997, he taught a special honors course about the tradition of love in the West in literary sources from the Gilgamesh epic to Breton's surrealist work Nadja. He has published articles and book reviews in his field of aesthetics of the visual and the verbal in Pierre Reverdy and Juan Gris's Au Soleil du Plafond, and he recently delivered a paper about Henri Michaux's Labyrinthes at the Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures. He has completed a monograph about Henri Michaux and is gathering information for a work about the livres de peintre of the French poet Pierre Reverdy.


Dr. Judith Hepler was founding editor in 1994 of Contagion. Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the exploration and extension of René Girard's theory of violence, and served as editor-in-chief of the publication through 1996 (Volumes 1, 2, and 3). She was also elected to the Advisory Council of the "Colloquium on Violence and Religion," Stanford University, and served in that capacity until July 1997.


Helga Hill received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Masters in German and ABD in Spanish from Middlebury College. She has been teaching Spanish and German at ECU for 31 years, specializing in the teaching of Latin American literature. Her husband Joseph taught in the Department of Management of the ECU School of Business for 33 years and taught two years at Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina before retiring. Their son Brian graduated with a degree in management from the ECU School of Business in 1997. Their son Jeffrey graduated from the ECU School of Art in sculpture in 1998 and did a senior art show at Stindt Photo Graphic Studio in Greenville. Professor Hill enjoys traveling and has traveled to China, Hong Kong, Europe and Mexico.


Dr. Dale Knickerbocker, who has a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from State University of New York at Stony Brook, joined the department in 1991. His field of specialization is post-Civil War Spanish narrative (1939-present). He is a recognized scholar who has published numerous articles in his field. He has delivered scholarly papers in Spain and the United States. Dr. Knickerbocker is currently working on studies of the representation of the abject in selected novels from 1939-1985 and on the opus of the contemporary author Juan José Millás. He currently has a book-length study in progress, The Power and the Horrors: Representations of the Abject in the Post-Civil War Spanish Novel, which studies selected works of Camilo José Cela, Luis Martin Santos, and Juan Goytisolo. He was recently appointed Assistant Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.


Dr. Maria Malby has contributed articles about major Croatian writers of the 19th and 20th centuries to the Dictionary of Literary Biography (New York: Gale Research). In volume 147, she has contributed articles about Ante Kovacic (980103), Vjenceslav Novak (170-75) and August Senoa (215-21), and in volume 181, she contributed an article about Vjekoslav Kaleb (970103) Dr. Malby is one of the few specialists in South Slavic languages and literatures in the United States.


Dr. Purificación Martinez joined the department in 1993. She has a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published articles and has submitted several for publication. She has delivered numerous scholarly papers relating to her research since 1993. Her field of specialization is medieval Castilian chronicles of the 13th and 14th centuries. She recently completed a monograph about the divergent ideological motives of the two versions of the Crónica de Alfonso XI. She is currently working on two articles, one questioning whether or not Fernán Sánchez de Valladolid is the author of the Tres crónicas and the Crónica de Alfonso XI, the other about the function of God in the Gran Crónica de Alfonso XI.


Dr. Nancy Mayberry has had a book, La fundadora de la Santa Concepción. Comedia en dos partes por Blas Fernández de Mesa. Estudio, edición y notas de Nancy Mayberry published by Peter Lang (New York 1996). She has published numerous articles and book reviews and has delivered scholarly papers. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend to attend a summer institute at Penn State University entitled, "A Star-Crossed Golden Age: Myth and Mythology in Golden Age Drama." Dr. Mayberry is currently in phased retirement and, in addition to teaching, is the department's computer consultant. In addition to her fine record of teaching and scholarship, she is widely known for her exemplary service to ECU on both departmental and university committees.


Dr. Kathleen Montreuil Olson was born in Wisconsin and raised in Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and Turkey. She did undergraduate work in Montana, went back to Spain and then returned to Washington, D.C. She received her MA in 1982 and completed her PhD at the University of Oklahoma. She was an instructor in Spanish at ECU from 1997-98 and moved on to a position at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Miriam Asenjo Reed is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, her M.A. from Auburn University, and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her daughter also received a degree from Chapel Hill in May. She has been a Spanish instructor at Auburn University and at Duke University and also taught part-time at Meredith College before coming to ECU. Her hobbies are reading, especially Latin-American authors, watercolor painting, and swimming.


Dr. Bramy Resnik has been teaching German literature and language at ECU for 30 years. He gives talks to high schools, civic groups, colleges and universities about the Holocaust. He has been a member of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust since its inception in 1980 and was chairman of that organization for four years and vice-chair for two. Recently, he spent a day with Frau Margrit Kehl, principal of elementary schools in Gotha, Germany serving as her interpreter while she visited Edgecombe County Schools. She was in the United States with a group of German educators observing the North Carolina educational system to glean ideas for the German school system.


Dr. Marcella Ruiz-Funes, who has a PhD in Second Language Education from Virginia Tech is the new coordinator for the Foreign Language Education Program in the department. She has been in the department since the fall of 1995 when she replaced Professor Manolita Buck who retired. In that capacity, Dr. Ruiz-Funes has also taken over the duties of directing the East Carolina Foreign Language Educators' Consortium (ECFLEC). Dr. Ruiz-Funes has published a book review and has reviewed the manuscript of George Greenia's textbook Generaciones: composición y conversación. Two articles: "Reading, writing, and reading to write: A Critical Review," and "An Exploration of the Process of Reading to Write Used by a Spanish-as-a-Second-Language Student: A Case Study," have been accepted for publication in the Foreign Language Annals. She has delivered numerous scholarly papers in her field at both regional and national conferences. In addition, she is currently working on a book review of Greenia's composition textbook, an article on input processing, and a bibliography about children's literature in Spanish. She has received two grants, one with Dr. Sylvie Henning and Dr. Michael Bassman from the Modern Language Association to work on articulating the foreign language programs from High School to College and has submitted two grant proposals. The other grant was awarded by the School of Education-Bell Foundation to work on linking foreign language teaching theories to practice.


Dr. Martin Schwarz, president of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC) for 1997-98, organized and hosted the 47th annual conference on the ECU campus. Over 100 scholars from all parts of the United States, and some foreign countries, participated in the conference. Several members of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures presented papers and several other members chaired sessions. This is the second time since 1991 that ECU has hosted the MIFLC conference. Schwarz has published an article and three more have been accepted for publication. He has delivered numerous papers, including two at the Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Ferrara in Italy, two at the 19th-century Studies Association, and another at the Université de Caen in France. He continues research on late 19th-century French literature, with special emphasis on the médanistes as well as connections between 16th-century French literature and the Italian Renaissance.


Dr. William Seavy is currently in his fourth year of teaching at ECU in the departments of Foreign Languages and History since obtaining his PhD from the University of North Carolina. He has taught a large number of Greek and Latin language and civilization courses, as well as many History courses such as World, American, Greek, Roman, Sports, and Plutarch and Greek Biography. He has taught Greek and Roman history electronically, via the World Wide Web. His research interests have been directed toward several projects, the largest of which is nearing completion, a book length study of War Law in the Classical World. More recently he has worked on several shorter papers, including one on a Homeric type-scene, another on Caesar's Wit, and a complete annotated bibliography of Plutarch scholarship. Owing to a connection ECU has with the University of Ferrara in Italy, he has begun a study of classical influences in the Renaissance, especially those found in Boccacio, which has also led to an interest in Paleography. He was recently certified as a scientific diver and hopes to make use of that skill in Mediterranean underwater archaeology projects. Dr. Seavey's sign in Aquarius, he enjoys cooking flounder dishes, and he hates the loathsome denominalized usage of "impact."


Dr. Peter Standish in recent years has published three books, The Hispanic Culture of South America (Gale Research, 1995), Structures of Power co-authored with T. J. Peavler (State University of New York Press, 1996), and The Hispanic Culture of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (Gale Research, 1996). He has also contributed six entries to the Encyclopaedia of Latin American Literature edited by V. Smith (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997). He has published numerous articles and book reviews. About to be published is Color y línea, a book about modern peninsular poetry inspired by paintings. He is working on a book entitled Understanding Julio Cortázar. He is also editing a series of cultural studies for Greenwood Press. Dr. Standish is President of the Philological Association of the Carolinas for 1998-99.


Dr. Irwin Stern holds a PhD in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian literatures with a minor in Spanish literature from the City University of New York. He has taught Portuguese and Spanish at the City College of New York, New York University and Columbia University (1978-1997). At Columbia, he directed the undergraduate Spanish language program as well as the Medical Spanish Program at the Medical School. He has published books and studies on Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish literatures, as well as several trade textbooks for Spanish language instruction, most recently All-Audio Spanish (Living Language/Random House, 1998). His major publications include Júlio Dinis e o romance português (1860-1870), Modern Spanish and Portuguese Literatures, and Dictionary of Brazilian Literature.


Dr. John Stevens (Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies), who joined the department in 1993, has a PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University.  He is completing revision of a commentary on Cicero's Dream of Scipio for Bryn Mawr, and an article on the use of allegory by Seneca and Horace is forthcoming in Phoenix.  He has published pieces on Stoicism, Xenophon's Socrates and Aristotle's Poetics and is currently at work on a book on the Aeneid to be called Vergil's Republic.


Dr. Marianne Verlinden has a PhD in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She has published two articles and has delivered numerous papers at scholarly conferences throughout the country. Her specialty is minority discourses. She has been involved with the curriculum revision of the Spanish program at ECU, drafting courses on Colonial Spanish-American texts, Hispanic women writers, Latino texts, and translation.